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Downgrading marijuana’s danger level: What Catholics should know

May 13, 2024

By Jonah McKeown

Marijuana usage remains a controversial topic among many people of faith, including Catholics. Here’s what you need to know.  Read more

Marijuana leaves.

Denver archbishop: Why I wrote a pastoral letter on marijuana

Dec 1, 2023

By Walter Sánchez Silva

In a Nov. 28  interview, Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver explained what motivated him to write a pastoral letter on... Read more


Oklahoma voters reject marijuana legalization

Mar 8, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

State Question 820, which would have legalized the consumption of marijuana for adults 21 and over, was put before Oklahoma... Read more


Weed on the ballot: two states legalize recreational marijuana while three reject it

Nov 9, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

Voters in Maryland and Missouri said yes to ballot measures legalizing marijuana for recreational use, while voters in Arkansas and... Read more


Marijuana legalization is on the ballot in five states. What should Catholics think?

Oct 11, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

Catholic bishops in several of those states have urged voters to reject ballot measures that would legalize marijuana. Read more

Guam archbishop: Marijuana proposal should be nipped in the bud

Mar 26, 2019

The head of the Catholic Church in Guam has expressed strong opposition to a bill that would legalize recreational marijuana,... Read more

Demonstrators for the legalization of cannabis march in the New York Pride Parade, June 2016.

New York bishops blaze against legalization in joint marijuana statement

Mar 6, 2019

The New York State Catholic Conference, which represents the state’s 28 bishops, issued a fiery statement on Wednesday opposing plans... Read more

Illinois bishops blunt in joint statement on pot proposal

Feb 5, 2019

Citing “rampant” drug use in modern society and a commitment to the common good, the six Catholic bishops of Illinois... Read more


Legal pot will have 'disastrous effects,' Canadian bishops say

Oct 17, 2018

By Jonah McKeown

Canada’s bishops reiterated their opposition to the legalization of recreational marijuana Wednesday, the same day that legal marijuana sales began... Read more


Denver archbishop signs petition to end 4/20 rallies

May 4, 2017

After marijuana-themed rallies celebrating 4/20 left a downtown park trashed and threatened the safety of some civilians, Denver’s Archbishop Samuel... Read more

Marijuana scores badly in 'entirely predictable' report

Apr 20, 2017

By Mary Farrow

A recent report shows that traffic deaths, crime, emergency room visits and youth usage of marijuana increased significantly in the... Read more

Boston Catholics are at the forefront of the fight against pot

Nov 4, 2016

By Mary Farrow

The Church in Boston is asking voters in Massachusetts to reject the legalization of recreational marijuana in the state next... Read more

Marijuana leaf.

California bishops: Legalizing marijuana hurts kids, the poor

Oct 29, 2016

When it comes to legalizing marijuana in California, the risks to children, teens and the poor are just too great,... Read more


Young people are smoking more pot than ever – and why that's a bad thing

Dec 28, 2015

By Mary Farrow

When Amendment 64 legalized the sale of recreational marijuana to anyone over the age of 21 in Colorado, Dr. Christopher... Read more

(L-R) Geoff Bennett, Fr. Peter Mussett, M.J. Menendez and Dr. E. Christian Brugger took part in the panel on marijuana in Denver on July 1, 2014.

Legalizing pot erodes communities, panel warns

Jul 10, 2014

By Matt Hadro

Efforts in several states to legalize recreational marijuana use poses serious harm to individuals as well as to communities that... Read more